Interwoven Lives

Interwoven Lives – Interwoven Tapestries

I was texting with a new but great friend of mine this past week. In the conversation, we happened upon yet another thing we have in common. I commented on it because it has really been uncanny. She said, “I love it!!! God is SO cool! Part of our tapestry is interweaving…” She has been reading the Tapestry blogs – or that reference would just be crazy weird! I will just say that it is very obvious that He has brought us together. God has blessed me with so many wonderful Christian friends here in Maine!

Old Testament Threads

God did that for a lady named Naomi in the Old Testament. I’m sure you remember her. It is a lengthy passage so I am only going to include Ruth 1:16-18 here. I encourage you to go back and read this short book again soon. It’s just more evidence that God weaves things together in history for His glory over and over!

Ruth 1:16-17

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates me from you.”

This is such a lovely and amazing story depicting the love and dedication of a daughter-in-law to her late husband’s mother, but it is more than that. Ruth, who is from another country actually becomes part of the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ because of her determination to stay with Naomi. It is all part of God’s big plan.

New Testament Threads

As Jesus chose His twelve disciples, He put together a very diverse lot. He even chose one who would betray HIm. This betrayal, as scathing and horrible as it was, was part of God’s plan to accomplish our salvation. Along with a betrayer, He also called fishermen, a tax collector, and more. Not only did they have different backgrounds and occupations, but they also had very different personalities. Jesus carefully assembled the twelve men who would walk most closely with Him in His earthly ministry.

He brought a group together that would be woven together in a way that would glorify Him. As they walked together He also weaved their tapestries together. They stayed together after He was crucified, they were together after He rose on the third day, and after He ascended into heaven they were together to start the first Christian church! There were other people nearby, but none were as close to Him as these twelve. They added a new member from the other followers after Judas killed himself and Jesus had ascended. Jesus had put them together and they had a purpose to fulfill. They were to build His church!

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

One Huge Tapestry

Have you had a time when you needed a godly friend, and suddenly you had a new Christian friend come into your life. This friend encouraged you, supported you and lifted you up in prayer. God does this. He puts us together to glorify Him. He is weaving us together in our local Bible-believing churches and in the world-wide Bible-believing church – we are all the Body of Christ. We are not small bodies of Christ but one body on a mission. Our mission: to glorify Him as we encourage and support each other in doing the work that He is calling us to do. We have the same calling that Jesus gave the disciples in Matthew 28:18-20 (quoted above).

Roman 12:3-8

3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes , in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

A Tapestry of Fellowship

Do you need encouragement today? (If so please comment below.) Is there someone you need to be encouraging today? Is there someone with whom you know you need to be building an encouraging and supportive relationship? As God uses you and me as part of His beautiful tapestry, we can be thankful and know that He has a purpose for us. I encourage you to prayerfully move forward and build these true Christian relationships that He calls you to. This is true Christian fellowship – believers encouraging each other, growing together, lifting each other up in prayer, and serving side by side in this world so that He brings others to Himself through us. Christians, we are the beautiful tapestry that is the Body of Christ.

Things to Ponder:

  • Is your life interweaving with other believers for the glory of God?
  • Are you allowing God to use you in the area that you are gifted in and called to?
  • Let’s seek God today about how He wants to use us together with other believers for His glory.

Go Deeper Today:

Matthew 1:18-25

Where is God?

Where is God?

Do you ever feel like your life is spinning out of control? Does it scare you? Do you wonder, “Where is God?” when these things are happening around you and even to you?

Just because things seem out of control, does not mean they are out of God’s control. Often, He uses tough incidents and events to make us more like Jesus, doesn’t He? What does Psalm 139:1-6 say about where He is? Continue reading “Where is God?”

Known and Loved

How Well Does God Know Me?

Is that something you have wondered about? It is easy to feel like one of the masses in this busy life, isn’t it? Remember the song from the ’80s – “I Feel Like a Number.” How well does God know us? Do we just blend in with the whole? Does He look on us and see a mass of people all at once? Or does He see each of us individually?

Last time, I simply quoted Psalm 139:1-12 and God’s Word definitely speaks for itself. Today, I want to begin thinking through Verses 1-4 and I invite you to come along with me! Continue reading “Known and Loved”

You Have Searched Me

Psalm 139:1-12 ESV

1O LORD, You have searched me and known me!

2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar.

3You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.

4Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

5You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

 

7Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence?

8If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there!

9If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

11If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light about me be night,’

12even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You.”

 

Thank You so much, Lord, for Your Beautiful Word!

 

Go Deeper Today:

John 21:15-19

Too Close to the Edge

To Close to the Edge

Let’s say that there is a little boy who loves to play in a sandy spot that is too close to the edge of the road. His mom has talked to him and disciplined him repeatedly, but he ignores her words and actions. He doesn’t see the real danger, and to him, it is just the best place to play.

One day when he is, once again, playing dangerously close to the edge, a car comes speeding down the road and before the little boy can react the car is off the edge of the road and headed right for him. He freezes in fear. Miraculously, the car speeds past him and actually hits a tree in the yard. His mom has seen all this and is running out the door toward him. The driver of the car is fine and so is the little boy. Whew!!

 

That night and for weeks to come the little guy has night terrors about being hit by a car in his yard. If he had been obedient to his mom he would have been able to avoid all these terrible dreams and would have had sweet sleep.

How in the world can this relate to our devotional for today?? Continue reading “Too Close to the Edge”

A Huge Project

A Huge Project

Today is December 3 and I have a huge project that I am working on for Christmas. As I look at it, I wonder if I will get it finished. I am not panicking yet. But I feel that panic is waiting for me around that next corner. I know that I cannot look at the whole thing at this point. If I do, I will definitely be overwhelmed and fall headlong into panic mode. I have a plan and I must just keep my head down, hold my focus and follow my plan – just like “eating an elephant”, right? One bite at a time.

Another Huge Project

Speaking of huge projects, I have been thinking about the work God has done on/in me at this point, the work I know of that He still has to do, and the work He needs to do that I do not even know about yet. I am sure you are familiar with the word for His working on us to make us like Jesus – sanctification. I am so thankful that He does this work step by step because this project is so much bigger and exponentially more important than my Christmas project. Continue reading “A Huge Project”

Thankful for His Love

Thankful for His Love

This morning in my quiet time I was awakened to a new thankfulness for God’s love. We have talked a lot this week about thankfulness from different angles. It occurred to me today that there would be no need to be thankful if it was not for God’s love for us. That is where thanksgiving actually begins – because He first loved us. That is where it begins because if He had not loved us we would be completely without hope and the gratitude that comes along with it.

1 John 4:19

“We love because He first loved us.”

Continue reading “Thankful for His Love”

Thankful in the Minute by Minute

Thankful in the Minute by Minute

I am going to make a confession to you. I do not always make my bed. Which camp do you fall into on the issue of daily bed making? Some people think it is a moral flaw to not make your bed every single day, some think it is an effort of futility because you are going to just unmake it again in approximately 16 hours, and others are completely apathetic to the entire concept (they don’t care one way or the other).

I like for my bed to be made but I probably make it up about half the time. I know… some of you now think I am a terrible person. Sorry to disappoint. Continue reading “Thankful in the Minute by Minute”

Psalm 108:1-5

Psalm 108:1-5

1My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!

2Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!

3I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.

4For Your steadfast love is great above the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches the clouds.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth!”

The Cure for Complaining

The Cure for Complaining

Some days, it seems that everyone I meet has a complaint about something: their boss, the weather, politics, the condition of the roads…

Other days, I don’t notice other people complaining because I am so busy complaining!

 

Complaining is a negative and nasty habit, isn’t it? It is pretty much impossible to be “salt and light” when we are spewing smoke and ashes all over the place. Continue reading “The Cure for Complaining”